According to an Australian government study, those who are completely vaccinated are 16 times less likely to end up in intensive care or die from Covid-19 than those who aren’t.
According to data compiled by health authorities in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, nearly 16 out of 100,000 people who had not yet received a Covid vaccine ended up in intensive care or died after contracting the virus, compared to fewer than one out of every 100,000 who were fully vaccinated.
Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE developed highly effective mRNA vaccines, Moderna Inc. developed a comparable one, and the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc developed a viral vector shot.
The findings add to a growing body of evidence that immunisations protect against serious disease and mortality even when protective antibodies wane over time, allowing more breakthrough infections. Unvaccinated people were 20 times more likely to die from the virus than those who were fully protected, according to data obtained in Texas.
Such findings will very certainly strengthen the case for governments to regard Covid as an endemic disease that causes largely mild symptoms in those who have been vaccinated. Covid puts less impact on local health-care systems because of mass vaccination, which prevents overcrowding in hospitals and increased demand for intensive care and ventilation, which were all hallmarks of the crisis in many countries during the early days of the epidemic.
In the two weeks leading up to September 7, data from New South Wales revealed that immunisation lowered the chance of illness by more than tenfold compared to individuals who were not vaccinated. When compared to older adults, teenagers proved to be more effective at warding off the infection.
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